By Andrew Hyslop
- Fosu-Mensah broke into the first-team in the 2015/16 season
- Dutch youth international only played 323 minutes in the 2106/17 season
The 2016/17 season should have seen Timothy Fosu-Mensah kicking on in his Manchester United career after breaking into the first-team the previous season.
The Dutch youth international only managed to play 323 minutes in all competitions though. With the majority of those minutes coming as a late substitute.
Fosu-Mensah broke into the team at the same time as Rashford but while Rashford was a virtual ever-present last season. Fosu-Mensah spent the majority of the campaign sat in the stands.
Does Jose Trust Timothy?
Fosu-Mensah has shown a ability to play across the backline and as a defensive midfielder in United’s junior sides and in the first-team under Louis Van Gaal.
Yet Jose Mourinho seemed reluctant to use the Dutchman in the 2016/17 season. Mourinho selected Fosu-Mensah in his starting eleven on just four occasions
Fosu-Mensah had to wait until the eleventh game of the Premier League to play his first minute and thats all he played as a late substitute against Swansea City on November 6.
His only Premier League start came in the final game of the season against Crystal Palace.
I’m sure I’m not the only Manchester United fan wondering why Timothy didn’t get more minutes on the pitch last season.
Surely there were games in all competitions where Jose could have rested regular right-back Antonio Valencia and given Fosu-Mensah some game time.
He could have even been used at left-back with Luke Shaw struggling for fitness and form.
Why Do We Need Matic When We Have Fosu-Mensah?
As well as being able to play across the backline whether it be at full-back or centre-back. Many United fans I know believe that Fosu-Mensah could play as a defensive midfielder.
That is one of the positions that Mourinho has identified that he needs to reinforce. As he looks to add to the signings of Lindelof and Lukaku.
Nemanja Matic is one player being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford but surely why pay out £40million for the Serbian international when we have Timothy.
Fosu-Mensah has been given game time in the pre-season games but once the season starts will he find himself sitting on the sidelines again?
While at 19 years of age, he has time on his hands. He won’t stick around if he isn’t getting time on the pitch.